Tingstad & Rumbel, Franceska Spahic at the Web

Tingstad & Rumbel, Franceska Spahic at the Web


Charlotte’s Web presents two returning favorites this Saturday, Dec. 9, at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Emperor and the Nightingale, comes alive with Franceska’s Marionette Theater at 11 a.m. Franceska Spahic’s marionette show of “From Folk to Rock to Pop,” which the Web presented last year, was an overwhelming hit with both kids and parents! A famous actress and puppeteer throughout Europe, Spahic was forced to flee for her life when war broke out in her hometown of Mostar in the former Yugoslavia.

Fortunately, after months in refugee camps, she was able to emigrate to Illinois, where her daughters live. Once here, she recreated her marionette theater and has been touring ever since. All ages will delight in the magical story of how the song of the elusive Nightingale changed the life of the selfish Chinese emperor. This story has been called the Chinese version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The show is co-sponsored by Rockford Public Library Youth Services, and best of all, it’s free!

A musical duo much beloved by Charlotte’s Web audiences, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel, will perform at 8 p.m. One of contemporary acoustic music’s most fruitful and inventive partnerships, the couple has recorded together for more than 16 years.

Their last CD, American Acoustic, which debuted at #1 on the NAV (New Age Voice) chart, was on the Billboard chart for 10 weeks and received a national award for Best Acoustic Album of the Year. It also received a four-star review from the Chicago Sun Times.

In American Acoustic, the team drew on its years of touring the American landscape. The Umpqua National Forest in Oregon yielded “Medicine Tree,” and the Great Plains gave birth to the melodic soft flight of “Secrets of the Big Sky” and Rumbel’s solo ballad “Prairie Lullaby,” while the Everglades inspired “Alligator Alley.”

Performing on oboe, double ocarina and English horn, Nancy Rumbel draws from her classical training, her studies of ethnomusicology and her years of touring and recording with the Paul Winter Consort to create rich, evocative and beautiful compositions. Eric Tingstad, whose background was progressive until he fell in love with classical guitar techniques, utilizes the Segovian tradition combined with his creative finger-style picking and acoustic amplification design to complement Nancy’s playing. He also highlights some of the duo’s original work.

In their earlier release Pastorale, they dumped the rhythm section and concentrated on intimate duets for guitar, oboe and ocarina. Also in tune with nature, this album featured soothing melodies such as “Elysian Fields,” the haunting “Guinevere’s Lament,” “Roses and Lace” and the title cut, “Pastorale.”

Also noted for recording some beautiful holiday classics, such as Star of Wonder on Narada Lotus, they have enriched our holiday seasons in years past. This concert, “The Christmas Show,” will feature French Christmas carols, traditional English songs and original music from their 11 recordings, including the latest CD, Paradise. “… their musicianship was superb and their stage presence excellent,” stated the Everett, Wis. The Herald.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; 15 Minutes, Highcrest Center, 395-8061; Ubiquity Records, 1701 W. State, 964-8933; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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